Linley Walker / Lizzie's Journey to Yarra Bend
Lunacy is a crime when Lizzie sets foot in the new colony of Victoria in 1855. Based on extensive research, this is the story of her struggle with mental illness.
Tracey-Anne Forbes / Dangerous Places
Dangerous Places delves the depths of a struggle between desire and duty, between dreams and domesticity - and the myths we use to make meaning of our lives.
Carol Chandler / Watched and other stories
This is rich, liminal prose that keeps you constantly engaged, wanting clarity and resolution in a world of compromised relationships and disturbing self-awareness.
Steve Tolbert / Last Stop Ladakh
Joe Broughton decides to head off into the unknown one last time, specifically to the Himalayas: quiet, Luddite-friendly, far removed from humanity gone Twitter-mad.
Vashti Farrer / Figures in the Landscape
Vashti Farrer places characters in their historical settings or quirky, timeless situations, and explores the power of human interaction with humour, poignancy and compassion.
Mary Pomfret / Bouquet of Traps
Mary Pomfret offers a bouquet of vignettes to the reader willing to be led from the surface sweetness of existence to the dark underside of the banal and every day.
Helen Lyne / Love, Disappointment and Other Joys of Life
The characters in this collection of thirty-one stories kick over the rock of life’s disappointments and discover freedom, joy, love, laughter and well-satisfied lust.
Edna Taylor / Paving Stones
Some of these stories start in the middle - with folks on the way to somewhere - but the middle is only a continuation of what has happened previously and is a precursor to what is going to happen next.
Julie Thorndyke / Divertimento
Survival, desire, disaster; misadventure, murder and magic combine in this unique collection of tales set in locations including old rural Australia, present-day cities and the distant mystical past.
David Brelsford / Hot Chocolate
David Brelsford won the Hula Manu writing competition at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus in 1973.
Margaret Visciglio / Only Two Letters in Orroroo
Only Two Letters in Orroroo is not a war novel; it is an anti-war novel. The novel’s theme is dark but there are flashes of light and humour.
Peter Rodgers / Life, Death and Other Distractions
Life, Death and Other Distractions is a masterclass for the writing of short stories.
Janis Spehr / The light at the edge of the sky
Told in haunting, elegiac prose, Janis Spehr’s short, exquisite novel is about jealousy, betrayal and exile.
Libby Sommer / Lost in Cooper Park
A bitter-sweet comedic account of mistakes, misconceptions and reconciliations in the lives of a disparate group of urban men and women.
Robert Horne / The Glass Harpoon
This is an important novel about friendship and love, and about Aboriginal culture, frontier violence and the meaning of the law.
Jena Woodhouse / Dreams of Flight
This is a richly nuanced collection from an accomplished writer of immense style and grace.
Kelly Van Nelson / Rolling in the Mud
Kelly Van Nelson brings her raw trademark style to this eclectic range of bite-sized literary tales, stripping back the layers of false expectations to reveal the human psyche and the stark reality of today.
Maureen Mendolowitz / Potholes and Paris
In this novel's climax of heightened and uncontrollable emotions, a terrible event occurs. Some lives are irretrievably damaged. Others are destroyed. Only the wretched village remains, its faded name on a broken board, crooked between two time-worn posts.
Errol O'Neill / Denying the Faith
A collection of stories emanating from the experience of growing up, living and working in Australia’s third metropolis.
M.M. Riches / The Crossing
When young novice Sister Anthony is assigned to St Cuthbert’s orphanage, she is ill-prepared for the shocking revelations that will challenge everything she believes and bring her into conflict with her superiors, her family and her church.